Be a game changer
By Claire Benjamin
March 14, 2013

At the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference on March 8, I interviewed many young women who aspired to agricultural careers. That’s when I heard it – agricultural communications. One student was considering a career in my chosen field. Half an hour later, after I described the classes, the people and the opportunities, I had sold her on our program here at the University of Illinois. She said this conversation made all the difference because it touched on many questions her guidance counselor couldn’t answer. All it took was a little conversation.

I don’t think we realize how much power we have to impact the lives of others in such simplistic ways. Because of that brief conversation, she may go on to find a university that suits her and an education that equips her for a bright career that she loves. I implore each and every one of you take the initiative to spark these conversations because you never know how far the impact of that discussion will reach.